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Dear NaturalNews readers,
We have just received an inventory of
amazing TriField Meters which are handheld units that detect levels
of electromagnetic interference, magnetic fields and radio / microwave
These are extraordinarily useful devices, and
I've been experimenting with one for a few weeks:
* If you hold it near your cell phone, you
see it pegging high EM fields when sending texts, receiving calls or making
* Measure the area near your circuit
breaker box in your house, and you'll be absolutely amazed how high the
* I brought one with me when riding in a
Toyota Prius, and all the electronics in that vehicle just shot right off
the charts! Electric cars, it turns out, emit powerful
* I've been using it to detect "leaky"
appliances and electronic devices that emit powerful electromagnetic fields.
Hold this near your favorite kitchen blender, and you'll be absolutely
shocked. Even many battery chargers emit surprisingly strong EM
In that article, you'll read that electromagnetic pollution plays havoc
with blood sugar levels, creating a diabetes-like physiological response
that goes away when the electromagnetic interference is removed.
This TriField Meter can help you determine where you're being bathed in
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This device has really opened my eyes about the EM interference
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it. I'll probably shoot a video about it soon, too...
Stay safe, folks. Protect your body with nutrition and superfoods, and stay
away from electromagnetic interference as much as possible. This device can
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- Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
The difference between what he
actually said and what the media is saying he said, regardless of whether one
thinks he was right to say what he did say.
"Obama is seeking more federal
bailouts for state governments as part of his "jobs stimulus." A new study
from two Harvard economists suggests this plan would be particularly helpful
to states with left-leaning legislators and strong public sector unions. But
if we ever want to rein in big government, we must return to fiscal
federalism, and let the states compete to make fiscally-sound policy. "Like"
this post if you agree states shouldn't be added to the list of "too big to
"Robert F., a small-business employer
for 22 years, shares the rarely-addressed point of view of the employer:
I own a security firm in a major Western-U.S. city. I have been an employer
for 22 years. What a nightmare it is! Few seem to understand why businesses
don’t want to hire–here’s my perspective. Once I hire someone, I am party to a
relationship that is full of risk. What usually happens is the “check
harvesting” situation where just enough work is done to extract a paycheck. I
am on the hook for matching Social Security tax, medicare tax, city
occupational tax, unemployment tax, federal unemployment tax, workers comp
insurance and all the abuse that goes along with that system. I have to
withold State and Federal income taxes with ridiculous penalties for late
payments. Often I will get served with a garnishment or child support levy for
an employee, and I am on the hook for all this. If I fail to withold on a
garnishment I become liable to pay the debt.
To take one real-life example of many:
after all this, the employee can’t get along with others, grows a beard and
says it’s a religious right, needs weekends off because he goes to church and
it’s descriminatory for me not to give him time off for his beliefs…. soon I’m
looking for a way to fire him. Now the rage begins! I am subject to violence,
attacks, retribution, slander– everything all because the employee won’t/can’t
do the job he accepted.
I have been through terminations
where I was threatened with a gun, had to call the cops, etc. The usual take
is that the police will take action after the homicide spree is done with. My
nice Chrysler car got a cinder block thrown out the window a few years back
(oh, but there’s no proof it’s the guy I fired one week ago who punched his
fist through the window and had the paramedics haul off out of my office.)
Sure, I’ve had some great employees
too–people who I only have good things to say about. I also paid them every
cent I owed them and they often got more than their base pay–bonuses, extras,
etc. But I could write another two pages on malicious lawsuits. For example, I
promote some guy and a woman is burned up because she didn’t get it and “it’s
discrimination.” One guy is gay and other employees tease– my job to step in
and mediate and manage the mess and “This is a hateful workplace-I’m going to
be talking to a lawyer.”
If I advertise for a job opening,
my office fills up with the angry, over-qualified, alcoholic dead-beats and
weed smokers… they all have rights of course and I owe them a job. So, Obama
says employers need to hire the unemployed? Yeah, sure! Sorry if I sound
bitter– this is my last year doing this and then I am going solo/free-lance.
While I might earn less, I will have my sanity!
Many non-employers will read this
and dismiss it as hyperbole or atypical; those of us who have had burdensome
payrolls know it is simply realistic. The issues of high costs and multiple
risks are societal and cannot be reduced to econometric quantification; the
burdens and entitlements built into the labor market are not fully revealed by
"Fortuño: Our recession commenced two
full years before it started in the rest of the country. So the economy really
was at a standstill at best. Secondly, our state budget deficit was the
largest, proportionally speaking, in the country.
reason: Actually worse than California? Illinois?
Fortuño: Much worse proportionally. Forty-four percent of revenues was
deficit. So we didn’t have a choice. It’s not like we wanted to do it this way
or that way, or we knew it was going to be 20 percent—we just did what was
reason: And unemployment at the time was more or less—
Fortuño: Close to 17 percent.
reason: Concretely, what were the first steps that you took to cut the size of
Fortuño: Well the first step was to cut my own salary by 10 percent. You have
to actually act that way if you are in public service, I feel. I slashed the
cabinet secretaries’ salaries by 5 percent, and then we turned to everything
else as well. We slashed by 15 percent all government contracts. You know, if
you wanted to contract with the government, we’re going to slash 15 percent
off right away.
reason: Existing contracts, you ripped up?
Fortuño: Well, we went back to them and said, “You know what, we’re either
moving to another place, or we slash 15 percent,” because we always had escape
clauses. Contracts do have escape clauses. So we told them, “We cannot
continue paying you as if there is no tomorrow.”
We eliminated credit cards from government, official vehicles, cell phones—my
cell phone, I pay for it. I travel from my own credit card, and I get
reimbursed. And then we had no choice but to turn to an over bloated
government bureaucracy. By voluntary and mandatory measures, we slashed 17,000
public employee positions.
reason: Out of a total state sector of…?
Fortuño: Central government was about 140,000. About 12,000 were mandatory,
and the balance were voluntary. We just had another voluntary window of early
retirement, and we just added another 4,000 to that. The idea is then either
to retire altogether, or we had provided them with incentives to create their
own businesses or go back to school if they wanted to.
reason: The idea of economics that prevails right now is that if you cut the
size of government in the teeth of recession, you’re just going to make a
recession into a depression. So this is an interesting experiment—you cut the
size and the cost of government. What has happened to the economy in Puerto
Fortuño: Well from 17 percent, unemployment is down to 14.5 percent, and all
economic indicators are moving in the right direction. Actually, by slashing
taxes, I’m convinced that it will move even quicker in the right direction.
But the truth of the matter is that after being in a recession for five years,
this trimester we’re seeing positive numbers in essentially every economic
reason: You cut government first and then taxes second.
Fortuño: We slashed individual and corporate taxes across the board. On the
corporate side we had a 39 percent top corporate rate, plus a 2 percent surtax
that was imposed by my predecessor. So it was actually an effective tax rate
of 41 percent. We slashed that down to 30 percent this year, and to 25 percent
by 2014. On the individual side, we slashed taxes by 25 percent this year, and
actually it’s a sliding scale—in the next five years, that will, at the end of
the day, save taxpayers an average of 49 percent on their taxes. What happens
halfway through it, however, is that we must balance our budget by the end of
2013. If we haven’t balanced our budget, if we’re not meeting our goals on the
fiscal side, then we will not be moving to the next phase in 2014, ’15, and
’16. So that makes the taxpayer the watchdog of our tax cuts and the watchdog
of a responsible government.
reason: How has the reaction been so far? I imagine that it hasn’t been
totally smooth. There must be people who squawk when you cut 17,000 government
Fortuño: Well, there are some that have a philosophy that the government can
handle our money much better than we can. I totally disagree. I believe that,
actually, people are working hard, sometimes with two or three jobs, to earn
that money. They should keep it. And they know much better than any government
how to handle it, starting with my own.
So I went on TV. I’ve been preaching this message. There is some disbelief out
there; I’ll be honest with you. People don’t believe that actually we’re
slashing taxes as dramatically as we are. Because this had never happened
before. The last time in Puerto Rico that the government slashed taxes was
over 20 years ago. Ever since then the government has been raising taxes and
taking more and more of our own money. We’re moving in the right direction for
the first time in a generation. And so there’s some disbelief."
"All these analysts also
systematically ignore the fact that GDP numbers include government spending.
When the federal government pumps trillions of dollars into the economy, it
looks as if GDP is growing. When government cuts spending—even cuts within the
most inefficient programs—aggregate GDP shrinks.
But that’s misleading. If Washington spends $1 a year on a bureaucrat’s
salary, for example, GDP numbers will register growth of exactly $1, whether
or not the employee has produced any value for that money. By contrast, if a
firm pays an engineer $1, that $1 only shows up in the GDP if the engineer
produces $1 worth of stuff to sell. This distinction biases GDP numbers—and
the policies based on them—toward ever-increasing government spending.
Furthermore, GDP does not capture changes in personal investment portfolios or
changes in private research and development spending. In the last two years,
corporate cuts in the latter area have been large but unaccounted for. Also
not included in GDP: pension benefits and the U.S. Flow of Funds Accounts
balance-sheet information from the Federal Reserve Board. That means that when
it comes to GDP, states’ grossly under funded pensions are off the books,
along with the loans and purchases conducted under TARP."
Will spending cuts
ruin or improve America’s economy?
"Texana Hollis, age 101, was evicted
from her home this week. In Hollis’ case, she actually owned her home and had
managed to make all of her payments after spending nearly 60 years in the
house. In 2003, however, her son asked her to sign it over to a
reverse-mortgage company for $32,000 to help with home repairs, but now that
the centenarian is unable to make ends meet, the bank has kicked her to the
curb. On Monday night, Hollis found herself homeless and in need of help, only
to be admitted into an emergency room for several anxiety and disorientation."
"Don’t look now, but the fiscal
mountain blocking our path is rockier than usually advertised. Why? Because
even if House Budget chairman Paul Ryan prevails on every contentious detail
of his long-term plan for prosperity, family fragmentation—more severe in the
United States than in any other industrialized nation—will make it more
difficult than generally assumed to balance our books."
"The peer-review system has not only
become corrupted in allowing substandard content into the academic market. It
has also been turned into a gate-keeping system for imposing ideological
conformity. This speaks not only for science, but for all academic subjects
that encourage and insist peer-review status in scholarship, including
"In the Roman Catholic Encyclopedia,
the following is written to refute the Protestant and Rationalist argument
that the amount of distributed relics of the Holy Cross throughout the world
could be compared to the size of a battleship:
The work of Rohault de Fleury, "Mémoire sur les instruments de la Passion"
(Paris, 1870), deserves more prolonged attention; its author has sought out
with great care and learning all the relics of the True Cross, drawn up a
catalogue of them, and, thanks to this labour, he has succeeded in showing
that, in spite of what various Protestant or Rationalistic authors have
pretended, the fragments of the Cross brought together again would not only
not 'be comparable in bulk to a battleship', but would not reach one-third
that of a Cross which has been supposed to have been three or four meters in
height, with transverse branch of two metres, proportions not at all abnormal
(op. cit., 97-179). Here is the calculation of this savant: Supposing the
Cross to have been of pine-wood, as is believed by the savants who have made a
special study of the subject, and giving it a weight of about seventy-five
kilograms, we find that the volume of this Cross was 178,000,000 cubic
millimeters. Now the total known volume of the True Cross, according to the
finding of M. Rohault de Fleury, amounts to above 4,000,000 cubic millimeters,
allowing the missing part to be as big as we will, the lost parts or the parts
the existence of which has been overlooked, we still find ourselves far short
of 178,000,000 cubic millimetres, which should make up the True Cross.
Today the largest portion of the True Cross can be found on Mount Athos
(870,760 cubic millimeters; pictured below), followed by Rome (537,587),
Brussels (516,090), Venice (445,582), Ghent (436,456) and Paris (237,731)."
"One time, when I was at the Cell of
the Honorable Cross, I had a very beautiful vigil. There gathered in the night
many demons on the ceiling. In the beginning they hit with heavy loud noises,
and then continue as if they were rolling large tree logs. I would make the
sign of the cross on the ceiling while chanting "Your Cross we worship,
Master...." When I finished, the logs would start again. "Now," I said, "we
will do two dances. One you will do with the logs above and the other I will
do below." When I would begin, they would stop. First I would chant "Your
Cross we worship", and the next time I would chant "Lord, Your Cross you have
given us as a weapon against the devil...." I had a most pleasant night with
psalmody, and, when I would stop for a bit, they would continue the
Present public debt, according to the
CBO, is $14.3 trillion. Government programs at a constant will add it up to
$23 trillion in 2021. Add off-budget items like Fannie and Freddie, it gets to
"I deployed three times to Iraq
between 2004 and 2010, and my question is this: Why leave any troops in Iraq?
Make no mistake, for those of us who have fought and bled and lost close
friends and brothers there, we want more than anything to know that the
sacrifices were worth it. But what does winning mean? What does completing our
mission entail? Never have I seen this clearly articulated or defined. The
vision of Iraq as a flowering democracy free of violent extremist attacks and
wielding advanced military capability in close alliance with the U.S. was
always a utopian fantasy.
That is not to say the U.S. hasn't succeeded in Iraq. On the contrary, we've
As good soldiers will do, the troops on the ground defined the mission for
themselves. Like many other units, the Special Operations Task Force, for
which I served as operations officer, defined success as lowering the level of
violence to a point where Iraqi Security Forces can unilaterally maintain a
relative, sustainable peace. "Unilateral" meaning the Iraqis can do it
themselves, without U.S. assistance. "Relative" meaning that violence is
substantially reduced from its peak but is still present. "Sustainable"
meaning the stability of the Iraqi government is not threatened despite this
modicum of violence.
All this has been achieved. In fact, we've maintained this success since 2008.
So why the argument for keeping U.S. troops in Iraq?"
"The median income for 2010, $47,715,
is only within a few dollars of the 1973 statistic, adjusted for inflation,
signaling a stagnant level of wage earning over the course of several decades
now. CNN reports that while consumer prices have risen by around 150 percent
since 1980, people in America bring in an average of only 11 percent more than
they did 30 years earlier."
"Regular readers of this blog will
remember Jeremy Scahill’s report in The Nation last July, about the US Central
Intelligence Agency’s expanding operations in Somalia. Since the 2006 US-led
Ethiopian invasion, the Western-backed Somali government has been engaged in a
brutal war with al-Shabaab, the youth wing of the Islamic Courts Union, which
ruled most of the country in the years after 9/11. Scahill revealed that the
CIA maintains a growing security complex in the country, located right behind
Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport. The complex allegedly contains
over a dozen buildings, as well as several metal hangars, which house CIA
aircraft. Now a new report by United Press International claims that the
clandestine American campaign in the horn of Africa “appears to be growing
daily”, and that the CIA complex contains a prison for renditioned militant
"Drug companies practically run the
FDA, the EPA and even control the FTC (when was the last time the FTC
investigated and prosecuted drug company monopolies?). Drug companies
influence the DEA to keep their own drugs legal while the exact same "street"
drugs are illegal. They own our elected officials, almost all of which
accepted at least some money from drug companies in their last election
campaign. Drug companies also own the mainstream media by propping up
television networks, cable networks, newspapers, magazines and websites with
literally billions of dollars in advertising. On top of that, drug companies
heavily influence the medical journals and medical schools, and have
effectively limited the entire conventional medical industry to a "drugs and
surgery" approach to health, practically censoring nutritional knowledge out
Criticism of the implications drawn
from the study...
“It could almost be demonized, like,
‘Oh my God, fathers, don’t take care of your kids because your testosterone
will drop way down,’ ” said Lee Gettler, an anthropologist at Northwestern
University and co-author of the study, published in The Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences. “But this should be viewed as, ‘Oh it’s great,
women aren’t the only ones biologically adapted to be parents.’
The lowering of their testosterone did not prevent the men in the study from
having more children. “You don’t need a lot of testosterone to have libido,”
Dr. Kuzawa said.
“If guys are worried about basically, ‘Am I going to remain a guy?’ ” Dr.
Worthman said, “we’re not talking about changes that are going to take
testosterone outside the range of having hairy chests, deep voices and big
muscles and sperm counts. These are more subtle effects.”
Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) frequently rails against government spending
and the nee
NATO is planning
its bombing raids on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi from a ballroom once
used by M
""I can tell you that the No. 1
problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That's the
biggest problem for children in this industry. ... It's the big secret,"
Feldman said. "
"While many analysts believe that
Italy’s ENI and France’s Total could be successful in post-insurrection Libya
because of their countries’ heavy support for the rebels, it may all devolve
down to a question of funding, and given Beijing’s pockets, despite its
caution in its foreign policy, that may well give China the edge."
The key word
here is “reconstruction,” a noun conspicuously absent from any statements
by the NATO c
"It is perhaps understandable that
fighters of the National Transitional Council, Libya’s rebel umbrella group,
have stormed locations in Tripoli that are associated with the regime of
deposed Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. Strategic sites such as Bab al-Aziziya,
Gaddafi’s compound, government ministries, or even houses belonging to
Gaddafi’s large and powerful family, may be deemed legitimate targets. But why
are the rebels also selectively attacking foreign embassies in the Libyan
Or could it be
that these attacks are not led by the rebels themselves, but by some of
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